Corey Rowland hopes to receive an OP1 this Saturday so he can study medicine.
Corey Rowland hopes to receive an OP1 this Saturday so he can study medicine. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Corey Rowland's set on medicine

DOCTOR Corey Rowland.

It has a nice ring to it.

Well, Corey isn’t quite reaching for the white coat and stethoscope yet, but he hopes to one day.

Come Saturday, the North Rockhampton teenager will be one step closer to earning that title.

Corey, along with more than 26,000 students across the state, will receive their OP scores this weekend.

And this bright young man is aiming high – he’s predicted to get an OP1.

If Corey, 17, scores well, he will be jet setting off to sunny Townsville to do a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery at James Cook University.

“I’ve always wanted to be a doctor,” he said yesterday.

“It’s just the aspect of helping people and using knowledge to do that.

“I hope to practise in rural towns. I’ve grown up in a rural area and I think there are more opportunities here to develop further.”

The road to success hasn’t all been easy for Corey, who graduated from Heights College.

A lot of hard work had gone into juggling study, part-time work and social life, but it was made possible through good time management.

“I would spend the weekdays for study and the weekends were for work and friends,” he said.

“I worked part-time at McDonald’s to save for my car.”

On Saturday students will be able to access their OP scores online or by SMS from 9am, or wait and receive their results in the mail on Monday, December 21.

There are 25 Overall Positions (OPs), from OP1 (highest score) to OP25 (lowest).

Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre (QTAC) figures show health courses including nursing, physiotherapy, optometry, speech pathology and occupational therapy continued to attract the highest number of first preferences.

Society and culture courses including law, psychology and social work studies experienced the highest growth in applications.

More information on OPs can be obtained online at www.qsa.qld.edu.au.

If you receive an OP1 call reporter Melinda Siegmeier on 4930 4274 on Sunday morning, as The Morning Bulletin would like to report on all our region’s high achievers.



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